Grand-Henry St Panoramic Scene
Henry Street Settlement, 263, 265, Henry Street. 1827. No. 267, 1834, One of America’s pioneering settlement houses, it was established in 1893 by Lillian D. Wald to bring visiting nurses into the crowded tenements of the Lower East Side. Wald was a leader in the fight for better health and working conditions, and improved housing and schools. The settlement provides a wide-range of social and educational services and operates the nearby Abrons Arts Center
Pete’s House, 305 Henry Street. 1948.
Endowed by Governor Herbert Lehman and his wife Edith, this early youth center of the Settlement was named for their son Peter, an officer in the U.S. Air Force who was killed in World War Two. Helen’s House, 309-311 Henry Street. 1991.
A transitional housing facility created by the Settlement for mothers and children, it is named in honor of Helen Hall who succeeded Lillian Wald in 1933. Vladeck Houses, Henry, Water, Gouverneur and Jackson Streets. 1940.
Named for labor activist Baruch Charney Vladeck, this was the first municipally subsidized housing project in New York. The public housing development contains 1,700 apartments and replaced some of the worst living conditions in the city in a neighborhood once known as the Corlears Hook slums.
Ritualarium, formerly Arnold Toynbee Hall, 313 East Broadway. 1904.
Since 1940 the building has housed a mikvah, a bathhouse for the ritual purification of Orthodox Jewish women and men. It is one of only three mikvot in Manhattan and the only mikvah that remains on the Lower East Side from the many that once dotted the area.
I attempted to do something different in these pans by labeling some of the sites.
The mp3 player to the right has me telling of my connections to this scene